“Native Lands” Exhibit Opens in Astana

The “Native Lands” photographic exhibition opened in Astana at the Palace of Independence on July 4, 2014.  This unique exhibition, commissioned by the U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Kazakhstan, juxtaposes Edward S. Curtis’s photography of American Indians against selections from Alexander Kun’s Turkestan Album, which documented the lives of the nomadic peoples of the Central Asian steppe.  The originals of the photographs on display are part of the collection of the Library of Congress.  85 representatives of the diplomatic corps, Kazakhstani society, and visiting dignitaries attended the opening reception for the exhibit on July 4, when Ambassador Ordway delivered remarks and gave interviews to state television channels.  The exhibit, which was shown at the Kasteyev Museum of Art in Almaty in April, will remain on the third floor of the Palace of Independence until August 15.  The exhibit is free of charge and open to the public.